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One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best NFL coaches of all time and the best NFL quarterbacks currently in the league. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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+ - 10,690 4,383
Jerry Rice 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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+ - 9,015 4,205
Joe Montana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
+ - 8,614 3,147
Barry Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

4
+ - 8,844 3,554
Walter Payton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

5
+ - 6,527 3,211
Lawrence Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

6
+ - 5,933 3,141
Jim Brown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

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+ - 8,375 5,333
Tom Brady 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

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+ - 7,132 5,250
Peyton Manning 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

9
+ - 4,958 2,422
Reggie White 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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+ - 5,930 2,518
Deion Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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+ - 4,740 2,396
Brett Favre 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

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+ - 4,643 2,681
Dan Marino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
+ - 4,857 2,244
Emmitt Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

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+ - 4,542 2,233
John Elway 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

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+ - 4,843 2,560
Ray Lewis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

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+ - 4,285 1,898
Randy Moss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

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+ - 4,632 1,242
Bo Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

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+ - 3,634 1,844
Dick Butkus 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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+ - 3,670 1,483
Joe Greene 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 3,497 1,505
Ronnie Lott 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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+ - 3,171 1,915
Johnny Unitas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

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+ - 3,605 1,679
Steve Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

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+ - 2,661 1,415
Eric Dickerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

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+ - 3,531 1,484
J. J. Watt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

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+ - 2,736 1,330
Marshall Faulk 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

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+ - 2,667 1,166
Calvin Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

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+ - 3,113 1,702
Adrian Peterson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

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+ - 2,053 1,250
Deacon Jones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,552 1,493
Terry Bradshaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

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+ - 2,161 1,290
Jack Lambert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

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+ - 2,037 1,185
Roger Staubach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

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+ - 2,467 1,614
Tony Gonzalez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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+ - 2,141 1,090
LaDainian Tomlinson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

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+ - 1,873 760
Larry Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

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+ - 2,126 1,142
Earl Campbell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

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+ - 1,900 640
Charles Woodson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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+ - 2,608 1,336
Aaron Rodgers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

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+ - 2,195 1,201
Bart Starr 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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+ - 1,875 735
Michael Irvin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

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+ - 1,897 964
Rod Woodson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,726 1,082
Bruce Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,760 999
Ed Reed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

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+ - 2,101 1,330
Troy Aikman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback

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+ - 1,881 1,183
Gale Sayers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

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+ - 1,863 1,306
Otto Graham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

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+ - 1,752 797
Troy Polamalu 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

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+ - 2,226 1,167
Drew Brees 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

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+ - 1,401 571
Rob Gronkowski 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

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+ - 1,506 1,115
Mike Singletary 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,486 716
Michael Strahan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end